Hey hey, it’s Earth Day!
And I couldn’t choose a better day to share some images of one of the most beautiful places on Earth – the Dominican Republic.
We were eager to head down to the Dominican this year – the first time we’ve taken the kids to a Club Med. Some of my fondest memories from my youth are from our vacations to Club Med. I used to love all of the activities – archery, sailing, circus trapeze, and of course, the shows.
While Rodney and I relaxed with some beach reads and Pina Coladas, we passed the activities baton to the kids who were more than happy to play in the pool and check out all of the fun sports on offer at the Mini Club.
And what a place to spend a birthday:
Paradise on land…
That would be a jellyfish. And no, my husband wasn’t trying to touch it. He has more sense than that…He was kindly trying to swoosh it in my direction. Fortunately nobody was stung, and the barracuda didn’t take us down either.
It was a memorable trip, they really don’t get better. And to celebrate Earth Day, I’m so happy to be partnering with TOMS, a company that has done so much to support countries around the globe, including Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.
So two fun announcements: I don’t do giveaways often, but when I have the chance to work with a company that I admire, I jump at the chance. TOMS has graciously provided a $100 gift card and a fab pair of black Yvette sunglasses ($139) for one lucky reader. Entry details are listed in the Rafflecopter link below.
Also, next Tuesday, April 29, I’ll be supporting TOMS in their annual One Day without shoes. Check it out here to learn more and to find out if there is a One Day without shoes event happening near you. The more the merrier, and we’d love it if you could join the cause.
Hope everyone had a fabulous week, and happy Earth Day.
Enter the giveaway by clicking on the graphic below:
And we have a WINNER! Congratulations Amy L from the US. I’ve sent you an email, please respond within 48 hours.
The super comfortable and gorgeous footwear in this post was provided by TOMS. All opinions expressed are my own.
Sweet! It looks like so much fun, and yes, a bit of paradise. Great photos too! All the best with the fabulous competition!
Thanks so much Christina 🙂
What a fun set of photos ..cute too heheh
Have a tanfastic week ahead 😉
It sure seems as you had a great B-day, full with fun activities and with your beautiful family.
Thanks for sharing your holiday with us. Looks amazing. The underwater shots are really funny, but my favorite was the one where he throws the girl up in the air.
Thanks, I had fun with my new underwater camera!
What a fun vacation – and birthday. I love all the photos, especially the one of Sam’s enchanting smile. Good luck with the contest.
Thanks, he’s a cutie that one xoxox
Happy Earth Day! Great giveaway, too! 🙂
Oh my! I want to go! Lovely!
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Beautiful photos, I love the DR!!!
Thanks Tammi, such a beautiful place, hope you’re well!
That sounds like such a fun vacation!
What an amazing family time…beautiful photos!
I have serious holiday envy! It looks like you all had a blast 🙂
And what a great giveaway – TOMS is one of my favourite brands. PICK ME! 😉
; ) It was such a great vacation….good luck with the TOMS!
I love toms and your pictures are so beautiful! Happy earth day!
Found you through Beth Barnes.
Thanks for stopping by, glad you like the site 🙂 Beth Barnes is the greatest!
I “love” the post! 😀 Awesome pictures!
Thanks so much, glad you liked it 😉
Such great photos! It looks like you guys had an amazing time and made tons of wonderful memories.
Love pics! makes me want to drop everything and get the family on the first flight to the DR! and of course, sign em up for kids club:)
Yes, you probably need a break rooney tunes
Stunning scenery. Happy Earth Day!
This looks like the perfect way to spend a birthday!! Happy Birthday and Happy Earth Day!
Thank you so much!
What a cool giveaway! I love TOMS. Happy 38! That’s how old I’ll be in June on the 1st day of summer.
Thanks, and a preemptive happy birthday to you too, 1976 was a good year 😉
GORGEOUS indeed! WOW!!
what stunning photos! something about beautiful beaches just takes my breath away! Looks like you had a lovely time away
What a great spring giveaway! I have always wanted to have a pair of Tom’s.
I also enjoyed the Dominican.
Gorgeous photos! Thanks so much for sharing. It looks like you had an amazing time!
Thanks so much for the giveaway! I am such a fan of TOMS and the good that they do
What beautiful photography! The kids add a nice touch.
What great underwater pics! We failed miserably at snorkeling pics last year. What camera did you use?
Ps: I love TOMS, too!
Thanks Katy, my husband got me a GoPro Hero 3+ for my birthday, I’m in love with it. It takes really cool fisheye pics and works really well both underwater and out of the water without it’s underwater casing. I highly recommend, although it took a few hours to get it out of it’s packaging, and set up- nothing that some persistent watching of youtube videos can’t handle 😉
Thanks for the info! The GoPro is on my wish list!
I love this post! it makes me so happy & anxious for summer. Happy Earth Day!
This is great! Thank you
Great photos. That is the great thing about Earth Day is that we see photos like those. There are so many beautiful places in the world, its nice to take a day (should be every day) and realize how blessed we are to live on a planet that is so wonderful, diverse and accommodating.
Lets hope a Canadian wins 😉
Love the info -= pics are wonderful – Thanks for cha nce
Happy Earth Day! Great photos – glad you had a great holiday!
Thanks ML, it was such a fun time. All hail the mini club dropoff 😉
“Happy Earth Day to you and your Family!” Thank you!
You have a Beautiful Family and love your Photo’s!
Loved the whole post & of course love all my toms. I would adore a shopping spree.
Yes! crossing fingers for you 😉
What a beautiful place to vacation! And I notice that your nails were nicely painted! 🙂
Happy belated Birthday!
I go without shoes all the time. My mother-in-law fusses at me that I’ll get sick when I walk outside when it’s twenty something degrees outside….. But no, I’m still here. Haven’t died from it yet. 🙂
Thanks for sharing your vacation shots!
What a beautiful country! I would love to visit someday!
this is a great giveaway thanks
Awesome pictures 🙂
I am OBSESSED with TOMS shoes! I hate buying other shoes after buying my first pair of TOMS because they are just so comfortable and practical!
I wish I could go to this place right now! I miss being able to live in a place like this. This just reminded how beautiful it is to be able to go to beaches again.
I’ve never tried TOMS sunglasses before but I love the shoes! Thanks so much for the giveaway!
Looks like the best birthday celebration EVER! Love all the scuba pics and thanks for the giveaway 🙂
love your site and thanks for this chance Canada says hi!
I love the post! I collect sunglasses and this is the first blog post I have seen about any and I read a lot of blogs.
I am so jealous of that trip. Looks so much FUN! Thanks for sharing your photos =) #WW
Cool glasses! And very cool trip!
What a nice trip and a gorgeous family! New follower. Thank you so much for this chance to win!
Thanks so much Shannon 🙂
Beautiful photos, it looks like you all had a fantastic time 🙂
What an amazing adventure! I love the ocean pictures. They made me smile and remember my own little family at the dunes last summer.
Happy Birthday!! Looks like an amazing trip!
Thanks for the awesome giveaway! HBD!
Happy Earth Day!
Looks like a fabulous trip! Thanks for a wonderful giveaway and hostingWW!
What a great post and the pictures really tell the story of what a fun vacation you had.
Wow!! Stunning pictures — makes me want to go on vacation!
Your vacation sounds amazing. I have always thought of Club Med and remember their commercials when I was a kid. I think I would love to take advantage of that kind of vacation with my kids.
Gorgeous pictures. HA – love the parrot one. When my husband and I were in Cuba, we were kayaking on the ocean and ended up in a whole field of jellyfish!! That put the idea of sharks right out of my head!
That sounds frightening!
I have some memories of you at Club Med as well. 🙂 Nice post- love the pics – looked like an amazing trip…
Hopefully more Club Med memories than our college day memories! I’ve since scrubbed those 😉
This is so wonderful. I am new to your site. I appreciate the giveaway 🙂
It look like all of you had a great time! Thanks for sharing.
Beautiful photos! Looks like a blast! Thanks so much for the giveaway as well, I love TOMS and could use a new pair 🙂
your photos are gorgeous…and the kids are adorable!
I do like the post. You’ve got lots of great pictures. I’m all entered in the giveaway too. Thanks for hosting.
Found you on the Secondary Roads WW linkup.
I loved this post. Such beautiful pictures of on land and under the sea 🙂 Y’all looked like you had a ton o’fun!
Great pictures, and great Earth Day post!
I love the pictures, so beautiful
Gorgeous photos! I’ve not thought about Club Med. Now I think it would be an awesome family holiday with our kids and grandkids. Happy Happy WW, Earth Day and … over the top awesome TOMS giveaway!
I’m a recent new follower. Your family is gorgeous!
Your little surfer dude is adorable.
Nice pictures and I love be barefooted.
Love your site and love this contest 🙂
Yes, I do love this post. Great pics, too cute!
I love the post and pictures.
love the happy family pics! Makes me smile thanks!
what beautiful photos!! thanks so much for sharing!
My kids, and I love Tom’s! The more opportune we have, the happier we are!
Wonderful photos and experiences that you pass on to us with your family, have had to be a memorable holiday .. Regards and good Wednesday dumb. Helen .. I invite you to visit my blog photos .. 🙂
Looks like your vacation was a great time. Love Toms shoes – great shoes with a cause. Thanks for the chance,
<3 the photos! Looks like you had a lot of fun together
What a great day! Beautiful photos!
LOVE THE CUTE PICTURES GLAD I CAME ACROSS THIS GIVEAWAY
Great photos! Lots of memories were made .. and to make them on the sunny beach is just an added bonus!! Thanks for the great giveaway!
Beautiful family! Gorgeous pics!
The photo of your son with the parrot on his shoulder & the look on his face…love it! Looks like you had an awesome vaca!
I’m so jealous of the white sands and blue waters. It looks heavenly!
I likes your post. Looks like a great vacation spot.
Love all the pics, nice and thorough, plus I would love to win, big fan of TOMS and your post just sold them to me even more!
The photos were great I love the post.
The pics are sensational! You really capture the trip.
Thank you so much!
I liked this post
I would be SOOOO excited if I won this! Thanks so much for the chance!
love the fun pictures!!
what amazing pictures.. the DR is beautiful… I only went once, for work, and was in the city… but still… I am so glad your family had an amazing time!
Love the photos! Looks as though it was fun times. Love TOMS
I have purchased quite a few products from TOMS for others and myself. I would love to win.
Your vacation looks so fun, Im like you I would be ready to get home and get busy. I love the photo with the parrot and your daughter.
Have a great week!
Great photos! It looks like you had a great time. Also a great giveaway! I love toms.
Your trip looks amazing! I’ve been wanting a pair of Tom’s forever, but keep putting it off. There are too many to choose from! Such a fantastic organization.
TOMS shoes are so comfortable, I swear by them 😉
Thanks for posting the great photos of you and your family. What a lovely vacation idea. I’m glad you all had fun. Would love to win the Tom’s gift prize. Thanks!
I now need a vacation in the worse way… Great pictures!!
What great photos. Sure looks like a lot of fun.
I love this post. I love to see families together having a great time vacation or no vacation.
We went to the Dominican Republic on our Honeymoon, and it was glorious! Now you’re making me jealous, though, I want to go back!
What beautiful pictures, Thanks for the giveaway
Beautiful pictures! Thank you for the chance to win this atoms prize pack.
Great post! Looks like an absolutely lovely place to visit.
After such a long winter, those pictures are enough to make anyone smile. Looks like a trip to cherish.
Your photos are amazing! They look like they belong in a travel catalog. So glad you and your family had a great time. I am originally from the Caribbean, and these photos make me want to go back 🙂
Thanks so much, that’s such a kind compliment 🙂
The pictures you took look absolutely amazing! It’s awesome to have good quality family time every once in a while and it looks like you all had a blast!
Love Toms and the pictures look amazing. I’d kill to be there right now!
great giveaway! thank you
What an AWESOME giveaway! I love TOMS. Oh and the DR looks pretty amazing, I stopped there for a day on my cruise. Oh how I miss the Caribbean! 😉
I actually loved your post. Made me smile.
Liked the post and I really love this!! Thanks for sharing and great contest!!
Such great pictures!
i liked this post
I Love The Underwater Photos And Love TOMS!
Wow what a unique opportunity to introduce someone to this.Thanks
Oh such beautiful weather and pictures!! I cannot wait for spring! I really love the One Day without shoes! Such a wonderful idea and cause!
Beautiful photos! Thanks for the giveaway!
Your pictures are so beautiful! Looks like you guys had a great time, definitely looks like paradise on land.
Toms are the only shoes my son could wear up until about a week ago. He has fat, wide feet, cankles, and ankle rolls. It was a nightmare trying to find shoes to fit his feet, without paying a fortune to get special-made shoes. He will forever have a pair of Toms.
My son had the biggest feet for the longest time- if it’s any consolation they finally slimmed down and he doesn’t need special shoes anymore 😉 Glad at least the TOMS fit!
It looks like you had an amazing time!
Such gorgeous photos!! Love it!
What a cute blog! the photographs are very charming, magazine quality! The viewer feels like they are there on vacation with you! The recipes on pintrest look awesome! Thanks for the entry opportunity for the great giveaway! I have two teenage boys who would love the sunglasses!
Thanks so much for your kind words!
Whats not to like it’s a very nice piece the photos are well done and I love the giveaway and the extra opportunity to be more informed.
awesome pics lovely vac
Yes, I do like the post! You all look like you’re having so much fun!
I really like the photos you took for this post. You’re definitely a good photographer and I’m sure you’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on them. This post makes me want to go on vacation asap!
your vacation looked so fun! i hope one day to go on a vacation like that with my fiance.
Wow! It looks like your trip was very enjoyable! I know Tom’s helped for comfortable relaxing time!
Beautiful Post, The photo’s are amazing.
Love the post and love Toms!
those were some great pic’s, some ones good at catching the moment.
Loved it! Gorgeous photos. I love the beach and palm trees. Oh to be there one day!
Love the post! Fabulous giveaway, thanks!
So fun! I would LOVE to live somewhere warm and tropical all year long.
Love it! Great pics! Makes me jealous since I see lots of brown grass and bare trees outside my window!
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Thanks for sharing, looks like a fab time with your family and great memories for your bday
Awesome giveaway! I liked the post.
Lovely family photos!
love to win for my babymoon vacation
I liked this post.
Awesome prizes and Earth Day rocks.
Love your nice pictures. Thanks for sharing. Great things going on in your life!
Love your pictures! You do such awesome things for others. Thank you for that!
Thank you so much for sharing,,omg I love the beautiful photos..Happy Earth Day 🙂
What an amazing trip! Wow! Fantastic!
I absolutely love your photos! especially the underwater ones. It was creatively done and put together so nicely 🙂
Great post and generous giveaway! Thanks.
I am so jealous of everything happening in these pictures, especially the macaw; I’m obsessed.
love this photos…and fun giveaway!
love these photos…and fun giveaway!
Like the contest!
love your pictures, looks like you had fun!
love the post (:
I would love to win this- awesome giveaway. Great pics and LOVE the post
Love TOMs and that they give back. The pics make me want summer!
Love your post about the Dominican! We have not been there yet but took our toddler to Cuba last year and your post just brought back those warm memories!
What fun!! Thank you for sharing all the photo’s!!
Great photos. Looks like you all had fun!
Have not had the chance to visit the Dominican yet – will have to add it to the bucket list for sure.
Those are some great photos. Looks like you had a great time. happy birthday! 😉 And great article, well written to go with them!
Thank you so much!
What adorable,fun photo’s! I have not tried Tom’s shoes yet but would love to !
Love this post.
What an amazing vacation!! I loved looking at your family pictures!!
I have never owned a pair of Tom’s but thinking I should buy a pair before my Cruise in 2 weeks!!
Love this post. Awesome giveaway. And really enjoyed the wonderful photos!! very cute!
Such nice pictures! Looks like fun!
Looks like such a good time….wish I could go to a club med.
..I Love this post…Great pictures !!!
Beautiful pictures!!! Great post:)
Looks like you had a wonderful time! I’ve heard wonderful things about the Dominican, and I might just go there some time soon! 🙂
Great vacay- slightly jealous
Great pics! And great giveaway! Thanks!
looks like a fabulous vacation. We have done many many cruises to the caribbean but have not yet made it to the Dominican Republic. ONE day hopefully, because it looks wonderful.
Love the pics – Cute Family!
It looks like that vacation was ALOT of fun! Yep I like it!
I very much like!!!! Thank-you for the chance!!
What beautiful photos! I’d love to visit.
Awesome pictures!! It is something I dream about doing! thanks so much! connie danielson
after a long winter in the Northeast, as I am sure you know-your photos were very refreshing and definitely gives me something to look forward to when I take my upcoming vacation to Guatemala in June/July. I love the warmer temps (even it if is rainy season!), the fresh fruits and veggies all the time, most picked earlier that day instead of weeks before, and the healthier choices as far as food goes. Loved the pics looks like fun was had by all.
Thanks so much, enjoy your vacation!
What an amazing get away!!! Quite the way to spend a birthday–happy you got the chance to! And yey for Toms!! Love, love, love them!
thanks for the giveaway! Love toms! The vacation looks amazing, such great shots. Happy Birthday!
I love toms and their message.
I want to join in, where’s the party?
Looks like you had a lot of fun!
do like the post and enjoyed the pictures
Great post! I’m inspired
Love the post, Happy Birthday!
I love the post – the pictures are great
Looks like you had a fabulous time – and I agree, the photos are really good!
I love the picture of the jellyfish. For some reason it reminds me of Finding Nemo “I shall call him Squishy”. It looks like a wonderful trip. Thanks for the great Giveaway!
What a wonderful vacation! How cool is that getting to have a Macaw perched on his shoulder!
Awesome,what a great giveaway,thanks! Love all the pictures as well!
love this and the giveaway! great pics!
adorable pictures and it looks like you had a lot of fun(;
Great post and pictures!
Love the tom shoes
breathtaking… we love Toms too!!
love the pictures very beautiful
I LOVE!!! those shades they are absolutely adorable. I could see myself using them all summer long.
I love the post, the pics are amazing! It makes me long for summer! I love Tom’s, too, I’ve heard so many good things about them and the charities they support!
Awesome pictures! Thank you for the great giveaway!
Love this! Thank you for the giveaway!
Very cool that you’re hosting such an awesome giveaway! Thank you!
Great pictures! I would love a camera like yours. looks like you guys enjoyed every minute.
Awesome giveaway..The pictures are so nice on this site
Awesome pics! Thanks for the giveaway.
Awesome post! Thanks for the giveaway!
I love sunglasses and really need a pair.
love to win gift card with pair of sunglasses
Looks like a good time was had by all! Thanks for this awesome giveaway!
Really like this post, haha, the giveaway is awesome, and youre quite talented with photography 🙂
Looks beautiful there
This is a great prize package! Thanks and I’ve liked this post.
Awesome giveaway! I love your photos
the under water photos are nice!
Fantastic photos! And great giveaway 🙂
Awesome Photos! Thanks for the giveaway
Awesome Fun, Thanks!
my parents live, part time, in the DR and i went to visit them last year. they live near santiago. you are right…it IS so beautiful!
Yes, stunning! I need to go back soon 🙂
What an incredible place! And, hey, we’re nearly twins. 🙂 I just posted about my 38th today.
Happy birthday to you too 🙂